Switch to Greek: The Tasty Benefits of Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt BrunchIf you think regular yogurt is the only way to go for a healthy diet, think again. Greek yogurt is considered a healthy alternative to regular yogurt, as well as other toppings and dips. This is due to the processing method that is used. While being processed, this yogurt is strained several different times, which reduces the amount of sugar, liquid whey, and lactose that is present. This provides a thicker consistency for the yogurt as well as a tangier flavor when compared to traditional options.

What are you waiting for? Try some today! Here are the top health benefits that Greek yogurt has to offer you:

Reduced Calories

You can use Greek yogurt to replace many of your dairy staples. If you use it to replace your sugary yogurt, sour cream, mayonaise, or dip-base, you are easily going to shave a few hundred calories out of your diet. It might take some getting used to, but it will definitely become your favorite yogurt in no time.

Probiotics

You may know that adding probiotics, or good bacteria, to your diet has a lot of health benefits. Probiotics help promote gut health and build a strong immune system. Greek yogurt is packed with natural probiotics.

High Protein

Greek yogurt has an amazing amount of protein in it. It is one dairy product that is high up there on the protein list. This is the protein that is used to build lean muscle and provides a source of backup energy when fats and carbohydrates are not available. One seven ounce container of Greek yogurt provides 20 grams of protein. This is almost twice as much protein as other types of yogurt. This will help keep you full longer too.

Naturally Low Carb

If you are diabetic, or on a low-carb diet, you can take advantage of the reduced number of carbohydrates that are present in Greek yogurt. There are fewer than 10 grams of carbs in a seven ounce container of plain, two percent Greek yogurt. This is less than half of what is found in traditional yogurt.

Reduced Sodium

While some sodium is necessary in a balanced diet in order to balance your body’s fluids, it is extremely easy to consume too much. Having a normal amount of fluid in your body is essential for conductivity of electricity, which will make the body’s muscles contract and will allow your heart the ability to maintain a proper and steady rhythm. For people who are in good health and under the age of 50, consumption of 2,300 milligrams of sodium is fine. For those over 50 or who suffer from kidney disease or hypertension, it is suggested to keep you sodium intake to fewer than 1,500 milligrams daily. Greek yogurt is naturally low in sodium.

Greek yogurt offers many health and well-being benefits that can improve your overall body function. When you replace regular yogurt with this option, you will quickly notice a difference in the energy you have and how effective your weight loss plan is.

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

 

Story Credit, Image Credit: Greek yogurt brunch by Seth Anderson. Used under Creative Commons license.

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